ECAC Surviving Spouse Information

Marilyn Horsefield, ECAC's Surviving Spouse Liaison

As  your Chapter Surviving Spouse Liaison,  I will assist the spouse in the  event of the service member's death by providing checklists and other  information to navigate through the maze of military entitlements and  benefits that are available to him or her in their new status as a  widow.  In addition,  I will continue  to educate, encourage and  advocate for you as a MOAA member  while you are still alive!  I can  provide information on getting your financial affairs in order, a  priceless gift to your family.  Be prepared and then get back out there  and live your best life!  


MOAA Surviving Spouse Publications

MOAA Help Your Survivor - Now


This guide can help you prepare, make decisions, and ease the financial,  medical, and property transition for your family after you're gone. For  our PREMIUM and LIFE Members, benefits and financial counseling with  MOAA staff experts can assist you through this process. Sign up for LIFE  membership today and your spouse will maintain a LIFE membership with  access to all benefits upon your death.

MOAA Survivor's Guide


Following the death of a loved one, it can be overwhelming to keep track  of what arrangements need to be made, who needs to be contacted, and  notes on important phone calls. Designed by surviving spouses, this  handbook is intended to help you do just that.

MOAA Guide to Military Funerals


Use this resource for planning and decision-making regarding military burials and rights and to create a plan for the future.

MOAA Turning the Corner


Losing a loved one is never easy, and each person's experience is  different. This publication is meant to help you recognize and  understand some of the aspects of the grieving process and help guide  you through this difficult time.

Survivor's Checklist


Keep this essential checklist on hand to refer to when dealing with a death in the family.

Marilyn's Surviving Spouse & Legal Benefits Information Sheet


Click here to download Marilyn's Surviving Spouse & Legal Benefits Information Sheet.

Transition Services (TOPS)

CAPT Michael Horsefield, USN, (ret)

TOPS Mission is to Provide Professional Guidance and Support for MOAA Members/Spouses in Job Transition.

This can be when you transition out after a few years of service or after 30+ years of service.  

Remember your first day at boot camp, OCS, or the Academy?    Well the transition out can seem just as daunting as the transition in!  However, you are not the first one and hundreds of thousands have gone before you.  

Change can be challenging and intimidating but your MOAA membership gets you some free benefits.

MOAA's network of services include subjects like:

Transition Lectures

Career Fairs

Career Center Jobs

Resume Database

MOAA Networking Contacts


Resume Critiques

Career Counseling

Contact the Chapter TOPS Liaison for more information.


TOPS Publications

Transition Guide


MOAA's Transition Guide offers advice about post-service education,  career strategies, and personal matters like household finances and  health care options.

Marketing Yourself for a 2nd Career


Changing jobs can be stressful and challenging - especially when it's a  transition from the military to the private sector.  MOAA's experts have  been assisting officers in this transition period for decades and have  created this publication to guide you through the various steps and  aspects of your transition.  For our PREMIUM and LIFE Members, MOAA's  transition staff provide one-on-one counseling, interview practice,  resume critiques, and other tools to assist in this process.

Guard & Reserve Retirement Guide


This simple-to-use checklist highlights steps to prepare for retirement  and the necessities for the applications process for retired pay.

Retirement Calculator App

Lynnfield App

Military Retirement is an application intended to assist military  personnel from all branches of military service by informing them of  their benefits upon retirement from military service. Military  Retirement gives assistance by calculating an estimation of retirement  pay based on your personal information. Military Retirement incorporates  four years of pay tables to provide the highest degree of accuracy.  Compare multiple scenarios to determine which retirement option is best  for you.

Personal Affairs

Personal Affairs can mean many things.  In short, it is the process of managing your daily life and the lives of your household.  It includes things like wills, powers of attorney, fiances, investing, and estate planning.  These are seemingly huge tasks!  

However, your membership in MOAA allows you access to a host of booklets to guide and help you.  These are published by MOAA and designed for military officers.

Click on the booklets below to be taken to the MOAA site where you can download them.


MOAA Personal Affairs Publications

Personal Affairs Guide


MOAA has created this workbook to assist you early in your military  career in gathering all of your family's crucial information in one  place to save digitally or print for your records.

Financial Guide


Whether you're debating the merits of a career-starter loan or shopping  for annuities, MOAA wants to help make these financial decisions easier  for you to understand. In this publication, our staff experts discuss  numerous situations and, for our PREMIUM and LIFE members, provide  further counseling on issues discussed in the guide and additional  topics not covered.

Investors Manual


Your future retirement depends on how well you save and invest. Let MOAA  experts provide you the guidance you need with this resource.

Aging into Medicare


Transitioning to new medical coverage when reaching age 65 can seem like  a daunting task. MOAA has created a publication and included a  checklist to help you prepare for, transition into, and understand  TRICARE For Life and Medicare with confidence and ease. For our PREMIUM  and LIFE Members, benefits counseling with MOAA staff experts will  assist in troubleshooting questions specific to your situation.

Estate Planning


Maintaining an estate plan should be a priority for everyone. Use this MOAA resource to develop yours.

Survivor Benefit Plan


Use this publication, which includes worksheets, to help you in making your Survivor Benefit Plan decisions.

Concurrent Receipt


Use this publication to help you better understand CRDP and CRSC and answer commonly asked questions.

State Report Card


MOAA's state-by-state assessment evaluates several key indicators  of military friendliness in all 50 states and the District of  Columbia. This year, MOAA has consolidated the annual State Report Card  and State Tax Guide.

The MOAA Medal


The MOAA ROTC/JROTC Medal was created by the Military Officers Association of America to recognize leadership and academic achievements of ROTC and JROTC cadets. It is presented annually to specifically selected individuals who are participating in ROTC or JROTC programs throughout the country and who exhibit a high potential for military leadership. The seven uniformed services from which MOAA draws its membership are listed on the medal and the ribbon colors are the colors of our national flag, which armed forces have rallied around during war and peace.

The East-Central Alabama Chapter proudly presents the MOAA Medal to:

Auburn University



Air Force ROTC

Marine Corps ROTC

Tuskegee University



Air Force ROTC

Marine Corps ROTC

Auburn High School


Booker T. Washington High School


Smiths Station High School

Marine Corps JROTC

Central High School


Lyman Ward Military Academy


Benjamin Russell High School



Wreaths Across America

What Wreaths Across America is all About...

Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to  Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying  ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,600  additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.

Join us by sponsoring a  veteran's wreath at a cemetery near you, volunteering or donating to a  local fundraising group.

Please help us Remember, Honor, and Teach on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 12:00 PM at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery, Fort Mitchell, Alabama.

REMEMBER the Fallen. . . 

HONOR those who Serve. . . 

TEACH our children the value of Freedom.

Order Your Wreaths Online

Press the "Order Here" button to be taken to our chapter's page at Wreaths Across America.

If you prefer to mail a check to WAA, download and mail the "Wreath Sponsor Form" located in the Chapter Documents section.